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Three solicitors are granted patents of precedence
Solicitor Michele O'Boyle Pic: Cian Redmond

30 May 2023 / justice Print

Three solicitors are granted patents of precedence

The Government has approved the granting of Patents of Precedence and the title of senior counsel to the following barristers and solicitors: 



Patricia McLaughlin  

Michele O’Boyle 

Cathy Maguire 

Jennifer O’Brien 

Karl Finnegan  

Philip Andrews 

Derek Sheahan 


Mark Mulholland 


Andrew Beck 


Niall Buckley 


David Bulbulia 


Eoghan Cole 


Alan Keating 


Patricia Brazil 


Mark Lynam 


Brian Conroy 


Emily Egan McGrath 


Caren Geoghegan 


David Casserly 


Niall Handy 


Nathy Dunleavy 


David Browne 


Patents of Precedence are granted under the terms of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 by the Government, on the advice of the advisory committee on the grant of Patents of Precedence. 

Solicitors 14% of total

As a proportion, solicitors comprise just under 14% of the total cohort named this year.

The advisory committee consists of:

  • The Chief Justice,
  • The President of the Court of Appeal,
  • The President of the High Court,
  • The Attorney General,
  • The Chair of the Bar Council,
  • The President of the Law Society, and
  • A lay member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority nominated by the Minister for Justice.

The Law Society of Ireland offered its congratulations to the three solicitors.

President Maura Derivan said “We are delighted to congratulate our three solicitor colleagues granted Patents of Precedence this year, including Past President of the Law Society Michele O’Boyle.” 

“Each solicitor granted the Patents of Precedence has achieved, and demonstrated, the necessary experience, skills and legal expertise to become senior counsel.

“Solicitors are at the front line of our justice system, assisting clients, working to improve access to justice and to ensure effective administration of justice, for the betterment of society and in the public interest.

“Congratulations to our newly-appointed senior counsel colleagues. I trust your achievements and leadership will inspire future leaders and increased representation of solicitors among senior counsel in future years.” 

These three solicitors join a growing cohort of solicitors who have been granted the Patents of Precedence since 2020.

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